THE UVIC VOCAL JAZZ MAINSTREAM & IMPROVISATIONAL ENSEMBLE has established a reputation for artistic excellence, stylistic flexibility and performances of original and inspiring arrangements. In addition to highly successful performances at the Powell River Vocal Summit and the Frank Demiero Jazz Fest, UVJMIE was the choral ensemble for The Best of Queen concert series with JEANS 'N CLASSICS and the VICTORIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA under Maestro Giuseppe Pietraroia. The Ensemble is well known for its fun-filled, filled-to-capacity audience engaging concerts. Our Autumn and Spring Vocal Jazz Showcases feature the Signature Studio Ensembles - the University of Victoria Studio Group, the University of Victoria Show Choir - and various Spotlight Combos including Ellavation Chorale, and the UVic Vocal Jazz Stage Orchestra. The Ensemble has opened for the internationally acclaimed vocal groups GROOVE FOR THOUGHT and THE REAL GROUP, Canadian sensation COUNTERMEASURE, and has received high praise from legends Kirby Shaw and Dave Barduhn, and from master educators Vijay Singh, Peter Taylor and Janet Warren. Among our many distinguished alumni are the superb FIFTH STREET, MIKE EDEL and TWIN KENNEDY.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Post-Valentines 2019 Wrap-Up

2019 Valentines at Royal Jubilee Memorial Pavilion

Thank you - Clay, Cassidy, Ken, Jordan, Claire and Allie - for your contributions to the Singing Valentines event over two days. This year, because of the timing of Valentine's Day, the event was modest in its scope, though a couple of "Ambush Valentines", i.e., spontaneous presentations, were also presented, as is our custom of "sharing the love"! Though modest, it was and is important, for publicity purposes, to maintain a presence in the community by activating the website and multiple media contact points to continue this lively event established some 13 years ago by Vocal Jazz alum Ryan Noakes and crew.

Thank you to our generous patrons!

Thursday, 7 February 2019

2019 Felicita's Fundraiser Review

Congratulations and thank you to all who participated. A special note of thanks to Evan, who looked after the money, and to Will, Clay and Eric, the rhythm section. Thank you, singers, who did not sing but still attended to support your peers!

The staff at Felicita's were most appreciative of the event and, to quote one staff member who expressed the same sentiment as many others, including the bar staff, "Please do this (i.e., the Jazz Night) more often!"

Thanks, also, to Fifth Street - Ryan, Natasha, Taylor, Kenji and Jilaine - for their attendance and support! Thank you, Jilaine, for stepping in last minute to cover the alto part in Pass Me The Jazz.

We'll debrief the evening this coming Monday at rehearsal.

- W.